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De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch)De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch)

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Ratings: 683
Reviews: 414
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 38
Gots: 40 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 09-06-2001)
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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy golden hue. On the sweet side for a tripel, with a full body. Reminds me a little of the Unibroue 15 with it's sweeter character. I enjoyed this all the way through, and the ABV does not detract. De Dolle has always been interesting to me, if somewhat erratic. I would certainly recommend this one to fans of the style.

JohnnyDuvel, May 12, 2007
Photo of GreenCard
3.23/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: amber, a bit chunky (really loose sediment that was lifted into solution by the carbonation after I popped the cap), thick spongey layer of white foam with great head retention, some lace

Aroma: strong peary alcohol with a sour milk undercurrent, yeast, hint of bubblegum and maple syrup

Flavor: big double-punch of peppery alcohol and sugary sweetness; vitaminy yeast taste and a touch of sherry-like oxidation; a vegetal, throaty bitterness; finishes semisweet with a lingering alcohol bite

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, vigorous carbonation, lots of alcohol warmth

Other comments: This is a re-review of the beer using a bottle of it (purchased at the brewery) that I have been storing since 2004. Interesting to see how the age has affeced it. Compare this review to my first one:


The distinctive De Dolle "funk" is more pronounced, but it seems like the alcohol has almost completely taken over, which is interesting. Usually the alcohol mellows out with age. This beer is definitely better when it's fresher.

GreenCard, May 07, 2007
Photo of techdiver
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden amber with dark brown yeasty bits and a modest head that dissipates quickly.

Banana and clove to the nose.

Sweet malt, and hops. Balanced but lacking what I would have expected.

Mouthfeel is the high point. Pleasant carbonation, fairly smooth and enjoyable here.

Drinkability not that great. Could be because I just had an Oerbier; and it was soo much better.

techdiver, May 02, 2007
Photo of Shovelbum
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a towering head of white foam that rises well above the glass and sites on a bright orange body. The head recedes eventually, small bubbles quickly rise. Aromas of tart fruit over light straw, musty earth and malt. Flavor has a mildly sweet, light, malt base with characters of earth and must. There is a mild spicy hop bitterness in the background that adds balance and further complexity. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation.

A bit full bodied for a tripel, but more complexity too. Well-balanced. Not my favorite offering from the dolle brewers, but still a complex and tasty ale.

Shovelbum, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of Beerzebub
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle, cellared upright for 5 months.

Hazy golden, three fingers of billowing white head. Very loose yeast, had to leave 15-20% of the beer in the bottle to avoid it. Hefty lace.

Smells of tamarind, orange juice, clove, alcohol and grass. A minerally note, like wet river rocks. Unusual, and good.

Tastes fruity, mainly tamarind and orange. Fairly sweet. Some grassy and citrusy hops, and a touch of acidity, balance the sweetness reasonably well. Some sugarcane, alcohol, clove, rock. Complex, and wonderful. Finish gets drier - long complex finish of grass, sour fruit, rock, alcohol.

Fairly thin mouthfeel. Surprisingly drinkable.

Strange and wonderful.

Beerzebub, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of wagenvolks
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into an oversized wine glass.

I'm greeted with a wheat blonde body with shades of ochre, throughout which lively bubbles dart around traces of yeast. A monstrous, off-white head sits atop the brew and leaves splotchy lacing. Immediately, a whispy fruit boquet leaps out of the glass. Mandarin orange, grapefruit, and some floral notes (all very belgium) all present. Definately liking it thus far.

Good god! No lack of flavor found here. The first tastes are a vodka-esque alcohol note with citrus and wheat. More "mellow" hops and spice notes finish and get better as it warms. Give this thing a while to sit, as the mouthfeel is offensive at first. After a good effervescing, the beer was much smoother and more drinkable. Call it an interesting beer and a lively tripel. It'll definately get your attention on the first taste, although it can be a bit too intense/unbalanced to be considered overly drinkable.

wagenvolks, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of IceAce
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange body with three full fingers of tightly knit foam. Lacing clocks in at 55% in a beer-ready Duvel tulip. haze never really clears and CO² barely visible despite nucleation points etched in the glass.

Aroma is light-n-bright with alcohol phenols wrapped tightly around passion fruit. This just promises brute strength delivered by nothing less than the Mad Bitch herself. The aroma triggers an involuntary burst of saliva worthy of one of Pavlov's finest canines.

Entry is quiet and immediately the all-out assault on the tongue and inner cheeks begins. Vodka-soaked mango, orange, and pineapple coat the mouth prior to the first sightings of malt and yeast. Mouthfeel is silky-smooth. The finish leads with candi sugar coated fruits, quickly followed by a ping-pong fade of spicy Belgian yeast and throat warming alcohol.

Others have spoken of yeast cakes and multiple floaties from this brew...none were observed with this bottle. Mike at Hi-Times Cellars said that it had just arrived, so this may just be a very fresh sample.

IceAce, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of warmstorage
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

33cl bottle, in logo tulip glass, at Bier Circus in Brussels.

Appearance: deep hazy opaque copper, with a big rocky head, solid lacing.

Smell: banana, spicy peppery esters, belgian yeast.

Taste: sweetish and candy-like, long, sweet finish, with peppery notes and deep caramel flavors, hints at carmelization in the brew kettle. Lots of sugar, almost thick with it.

Mouth lowish carbonation, viscous to thick mouth. Feels a little syrupy/ under-attenuated.

Very drinkable, very tasty, just a little syrupy sweet and thick to drink all the time.

warmstorage, Apr 12, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a four finger, white head that quickly fades to a ring leaving a little lace. Nose is alcohol and raisins. Cloudy pale amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor piney raisins sweet and tart with hints of alcohol. $5.70 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

jdhilt, Apr 05, 2007
Photo of kkipple
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dumped this into my St. Bernie goblet. The "Mad Bitch" (who thinks these names up?) arrives as an unfiltered opaque gold with a 2cm white head. Nothing unusual here...

Smell is classic Tripel, alcohol, cloves, unripe banannas and citrus. Alcohol is rather strong in this one, but not unpleasant.

Ok, time to drink! This isn't disappointing by any means, and is immediately recognized as a Tripel. Sweet malts, unquestionably Belgian candi sugar, and alcohol jump out. Bananas, cloves, nutmeg and other assorted spices bring up the rear, all held together by a (in my mind) overly sweet malt presence and that distinctive Belgian yeast flavor. Finish is peppery and dry.

The mouthfeel is sweet, with a tingly carbonation and finishes estery and sour, with a dryness and a bit of alcohol numbness. Not bad, but I've had better.

Certainly a decent Tripel, but to be honest, Allagash is cheaper and tops this easily. The Mad Bitch is still quite respectable, but could use a little less sweetness and complexity for my liking.

kkipple, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of objectivemonkey
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into a chalice, pours a not-too-attractive dark peach, kind of dirty looking, a foamy bone white head settling on top thats settles down to a spattering of foam, nice lacing> Too bad its an aweful color, cause its otherwise a very pretty beer. Aroma is delicious, a very very fruity triple, apricots and peaches, plums, and pears, spices like corriander and cloves, lovely. Taste has the same bunch of of delicious fruits, Belgian sugars, a herbal hop streak through the middle, yeasty, the alcohol warming nicely. The body is fantastic, the whole ride is just great. Really, this is just a great beer. I just wish it were cheaper. Good thing I have several more from these crazy brewers.

objectivemonkey, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of Jessefive
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured with a huge, billowing, big-bubbled head, which faded quickly to a dense coating. It was a cloudy, golden tan color. The aroma was wonderful. It had a coy, belgian aroma, slightly fruity, enticingly mild. The flavor was surprisingly bitter. Between the bitterness and the carbonation, there was a nice bite. There were flavors of oak, bread, raspberries, strawberries, citrus, pine, and dare I say, peanut. The bitterness lasted long into the finish. There was a strong alcohol burn. As it warmed the flavor mellowed a bit, but the bite was still there. Overall, this was a very tasty example of a beer I'm particularly fond of.

Jessefive, Feb 28, 2007
Photo of Hampton73
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour is all about the big head. The tripel means the head is triple the size of the beer. It just grows as you pour, then grows some more.

It is a pretty golden hazy color with little bubbles.

The aroma is funky and fruity. Like in a barn full of apples.

The taste is complex, fruity, funky, maybe a little smoky. The alcohol is evident. The beer has a strong aftertaste- it just stays in your mouth.

It is a nice beer to sip on. I like it.

Hampton73, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of Gavage
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy pale yellow in color with a one finger head that lasts a while. Nice lacing paints the glass.

Smell: grass and yeast spiciness is easily detectable.

Taste: nice malt sweetness is balanced with a moderate bitterness level, lemon zest, green grapes, grass, and alcohol. Yeast spiciness lingers around awhile too.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Somewhat dry at the finish too. Medium bodied beer. Aftertaste is long as the flavors stick to the tongue and don't seem to leave.

Drinkability: awesome tripel but the alcohol levels drop this score down a bit. Find this one and enjoy it. It's great on tap.

Gavage, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of rallison
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy amber with a 3 finger white head that never is less than a 1/2 finger size.

S: Some barnyard funkiness with spices and a bit of alcohol.

T&M: Very refreshing. Some fermented apple juice with earthy flavors. Some nice spices - the sorts you might make bread with, and some vanilla. RIch mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation and alcohol to give it a nice ending bite.

D: Very, very drinkable. Refreshing and delicious and absolutely never heavy!

Not your standard tripel, but very enjoyable. Recommended!

rallison, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of phisig137
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a very hazy deep straw gold color, and a three finger creamy head. Very nice retention, leaves so much lace on the glass that I almost can't see through it. After the head falls, looking into the glass looks like peering into a bowl of foam. Pretty impressive. The liquid is completely filled with floaters of yeast and protein, and is rather funky. I've never seen a beer so pretty on top, and so incredibly murky and ugly on the bottom.... odd.

Aroma is filled with sweet malts, caramel, light fruits, brandy, and alcohol. Very full, warming, and pleasant aroma that makes you yearn for a sip.

Flavor is fantastic. Incredibly well rounded, slightly sweet all the way through. Pink lady apples, pears, peaches, a hint of banana, caramel, crystal malts, yeasty esters, and candi sugar all seem to be prevalent. The finish is moderately dry, with some burning spicy alcohol, and lingers forever. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, and slick. Drinkability is great.

I love this tripel, and I love this brewery. They rarely disappoint, and this is no exception. Perfect balance with the malt and yeasty flavors make this incredibly complex, and worth seeking out. Highly recommended. Now If I could just find another bottle of the Dulle Teve Reserva...

phisig137, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Champagne carbonation ascends through the golden body, feeding an excessively rising head of foam. Looks magnificent, very enticing.

Smell is of assorted malts, wheaty like a Wit almost. Sharp alcohol with a tapering sweetness.

Taste is big, rich malt, with a large dose of sweet fruitiness. Herbal hops are in there. Dry crackery finish, slight alcohol, warming throughout. A fresh bottle is sublime, this one may have a couple years on it, but it's still strong and lively.

Mouthfeel is medium to high, it envelops the palate like a sweet nectar, and encourages sipping. One 11.2 oz. bottle is good, be sure to share a 750, or you might wind up on the floor...

emerge077, Feb 08, 2007
Photo of paleoplant
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer was in a small capped not corked bottle. The smell was pleasant with a fruity hint of possibly apple. The beer was cloudy and golden. Although not usually a fan of triples this beer was an exception. The taste was smooth and crisp. The carbonation was slightly strong but enjoyable. This mad bitch made me respect triples again.

paleoplant, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of SwillinBrew
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into my chimay chalice and it filled with a rich orangy gold color with a slight haze to it. A large frothy creamy egg-shell colored head formed and had good power to it. Aromas were spicey, yeasty, enveloped by a cakebread scent, sweet and fruity.

Quite yummy on the palate. Initial flavors of spiced banana bread warm my mouth followed by a feint mineral taste and some yeast finishing with a little alcohol. Somewhat on the dry side and scrubbing on the tongue. Very delicious and punchy.

SwillinBrew, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of weeare138
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance...looking in the bottle, there are tons of yeast particles held in suspension with a small yeast bed stuck on the bottom. The pour gives way to a hazy, pale, orange toned gold with a gigantic, fluffy white head that slowly fades out. Beautiful smounts of fluff stick to the sides of the glass.
Smell is of honey, apricot, lemon, tangerine, sugary, florally, poached pear, mild banana & coriander, along with a touch of funk that is welcomed and enticing.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a very nice dose of yeast that makes me want to culture the strain out of the bottle and go nuts come my next homebrew session.
Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, mildly sweet, and addictive. Tiny carbonation bubbles are aggressive at first. but turn to a smoothness that delivers nicely.

weeare138, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of CharlesRiver
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this at CT Bev Mart on sale for $3.29. 11.2 ounce bottle, typical belgian slim style. The appearance is much like a Duvel. Darkish tan with a huge white, foamy head. Steady stream of champagne like bubbles are constantly on the move. It just keeps going and going.

Smell is citrus, apples and some yeast notes mixed in. The first thing I take away from the taste is the balance. Perfect mix of sweet and dry. The fruit notes from the smell are apparent in the beginning and gives way to a slightly malt dryness. The aftertaste stays and stays. I love it.

A very good tripel in my opinion. I am enjoying this beer with stuffed shells which is just an ok match. It brings out more of the sweetness in this beer. Unfortunately the dryness in triples are what I love. Get this beer.

CharlesRiver, Jan 13, 2007
Photo of jbart
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a hazy orange with swirling yeast. The bottom of the bottle still has thick sediment stuck to the bottom. Very carbonated.

Smell is fruity at first, then subsides a bit. Smells like other tripels I've had with a bit more alcohol noticeable.

Tastes good--kind of like the Westmalle Triple. Almost tastes a little like almonds. Warming alcohol taste definitely creeps up after a few sips. I don't taste sweetness at all.

Mouthfeel is carbonated, tingly, dry--like champagne.

Doesn't hide the alcohol as well as some other tripels. That and the high abv mean I'd probably stop after one. Nice warming effect for winter, though.

Overall, a very good tripel, but not my favorite. I probably wouldn't seek it out, but I might buy it again. Definitely glad I tried it.

jbart, Jan 13, 2007
Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of expatsteve. Part 2 of a 5-part De Dolle flight.

Pour: a beautiful, vibrant auburn-orange under several fingers of fluffy white foam with a but of lacing and good retention.

Nose: really grows on me with a sweet blast of tropical fruit nectars, spicy yeast and dry, musty malts and a booze flourish in the finish.

Taste: sweet tropical punch up front, musty wheat, spicy Belgian wheat with a hint of sour in the finish, rounded out by a blast of warming alcohol that creeps up the sinuses.

Feel: light and sugary thin, tickling carb, booze thins and dries

Drinkability/Overall: an impressive tripel overall. Fruity, spicy, dry - hits all the bases and remains balanced despite a substantial booze presence. One of the better tripels I've had.

Golden2wenty1, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of TastyTaste
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Absolutely murky yellow-brown color, colossal white head fills the glass.

Smell: Earthy and fruity, sharp pepper, spicy.

Taste: Very sweet and syrupy, rich and pungent. Honey and apples all over this one. Sharp and yeasty, but also very sweet.

Drinkability: Big sweetness wears a little, but an interesting and enjoyable tripel. Thanks to Orfeu for the bottle.

TastyTaste, Jan 02, 2007
Photo of EPICAC
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had a bottle at De Hopduvel in Ghent.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy golden. Topped by a fluffy, meringue-like, white head with good retention and nice lacing.

Smell: Lightly fruity with peppery spice, citrus and grain.

Taste: Significantly bitter. Light fruity nites up front are quickly followed by strong peppery spice and hoppy bitterness. The finish is bitter with residual sweet and tart fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, lightly dry finish.

Drinkability: Easy to drink with a good balance.

EPICAC, Dec 13, 2006
De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
92 out of 100 based on 683 ratings.